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Lønahorgi 

The majestic mountain of Voss 

 

Immediately north of Voss lies the impressive mountain called Lønahorgi, or just "Horgi". Rising to 1410 meters above sea level, this mountain isn't quite the highest one in Voss. But none of its mountain neigbours can match it in terms of accessibility, esthetics and character. 

We think the east side of the mountain has most to offer. Our multilingual and competent guides are happy to take you on various types of hikes, depending on your wishes and ambitions. We offer both family-friendly hikes on old paths used for mountain farming, as well as demanding peak ascents. Below you'll find closer descriptions of three different trips.    

A. The cultural landscape below Lønahorgi.

B. Peak ascent of Lønahorgi.

C. Alpine ascent of the East pillar.

 

 

A. The cultural landscape below Lønahorgi

This is a relatively easy hike through lovely terrain, suitable for families with children. From our starting point near the old farm called Staup, we follow a good path through the forest to the mountain farm called Moldbakken. On the way there, we admire the potholes in the river Moldåni. Our guide will share with you the stories of this place, including the local cultural history. At Moldbakken, we are probably greeted by grazing farm animals, joining us while absorbing the pleasant view of the farmland below.  

From Moldbakken, the hike continues towards the tree-line. Up above the mountain farm called Breiming, we step into the big amphitheatre of a valley named Årdalen. We get to admire the impressive, sheer cliffs of Lønahorgi in front of us, as well as the increasingly lovely view to the east. We decide wether we want to continue our hike towards the ridge called Svartahorgi (1037), or just settle for an extended lunch break in the meadows. We return back the same way, and pay a visit to the beautiful cluster of farm buildings at Staup. Perhaps you'd like to try a quick, refreshing bath in one of the potholes? Highly recommended. 

 

Season and availability

Daily departures from May 10 to November 15.

During the busiest weeks of summer, we might not have available guides every day. Please don’t hesitate to send us an email if it looks like the trip is unavailable online. We’ll try to find a solution for you.

Reasons to go

This is a fairly easy hike in lovely, varied terrain. We enjoy a scenery of waterfalls, cliffs, open forests and cultural landscape with grazing farm animals. The nature has a more pristine character on this side of Lønahorgi. 

Learn about local farming and cultural traditions as we pass several mountain farms, including Staup. 

 

Physical requirements

This is considered a non-technical and family-friendly hike. This trip is suitable for healthy people with some basic hiking experience.   

Necessary equipment

On this hike you will need the following equipment:

  • Sturdy hiking shoes or hiking boots.

  • Waterproof clothing (shell layer).

  • Small rucksack (20 litres).

  • An extra t-shirt and an extra sweater.

  • Beanie or knit cap.

  • Sunglasses and sun lotion

  • Some snacks or packed lunch and a water bottle.

  • Trekking poles are recommended.

  • You might also bring swimwear and a towel, if you’d like a swim on the return.

Meeting point and practical details

​Meet at our guide's office on the first floor of Tre Brør Café near the town square at 10 a.m.

This trip corresponds well with the train departing Bergen at 8.39 a.m, arriving Voss at 9.53 a.m.

We catch a bus departing Voss City Hall at 10.10 a.m. The bus ride takes around 15 minutes. If you'd rather use your private car to get to the meeting point, feel free to make arrangements directly with your guide.  

We’ll be back at Voss around 4 p.m.

Prices and terms

The price for adults is NOK 1150 per person. The price for children aged 8-14 is NOK 650 per person. The minimum age is 8 years old. To book this trip, please select the below button  "Book cultural hike now".

 

Group sizes: 1-12 participants. Groups of more than five earn a 20 % group discount.

Included in the price:

  • An experienced, multilingual guide during your trip.

  • A light meal of locally crafted food, including hot drinks – prepared on a stove.

  • All necessary safety equipment.

  • Access to extra clothing and trekking poles free of charge.

  • Transportation by public bus service to the starting point and back.

 

Not included in the price: 

Transportation to of from Voss.  

By booking this trip, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed upon our Terms of service and our Risk and liability statement.

A note on responsible travel and sustainability

Wild Voss make a continuous effort in reducing the ecological impact of our trips and activities. We aim to follow the latest GSTC criteria for sustainable travel. As a participant on one of our trips, you should know the following:

  • We follow the Leave No Trace principles.

  • We make use of zero-emission infrastructure whenever possible. 

  • Our trips are on foot, skis or snowshoes, causing no emissions and limiting the impact on nature and eco systems.

  • Our guide will share knowledge about local culture, sites we visit and local customs.

  • We support responsible local businesses.

  • Your guide will advocate low-impact travel and raise the participants’ awareness of local wildlife.

  • We abide by laws and regulations concerning travel in free nature and cultural landscape.

  • We seek to minimize waste, and choose products and packaging with long life spans.

Trip details

Estimated total distance: 6-8 km, depending on our ambition level.

Estimated total duration: 4-5 hours, excluding bus transport. 

Total ascent: 600 metres  (to Årdalen). 

Trip grading: Moderate. Rough terrain near the tree line.  

Family friendly: Yes, suitable for children aged 8 and above.

Accessible by public transportation: Yes.  

How do I get there with a private car?

From Voss, follow E16 north towards Løno, around 9 km. At the Smalahovetunet exit (signs), exit left and follow the steep, gravel road up to the parking near Staup

 

Reservations, questions or inquiries

Please call Øystein on +47 93484041 or email us at post@wildvoss.no 

Photo credits

Svein Ulvund - http://www.vossnow.net/

 
 

B. Peak ascent of Lønahorgi across Svartahorgi

This trip follows the same route as the cultural hike to Årdalen (details above) up to the tree line. From Årdalen, we make our own way north towards the ridge called Svartahorgi (1037 m). The view gets increasingly greater as we follow the curving ridge across rocky ground and snow patches towards the top of Lønahorgi (1410). Right at the top sits the iconic radio tower, where we get to celebrate ourselves on reaching this superb viewpoint. Weather permitting, we enjoy a bite to eat and regain strength as we take in the view of the far away mountains and glaciers. 

We return the same way we came up, or head south along a gravel road towards Voss Resort and the new gondola on top of Hanguren. The distance will be approximately the same whichever return option we go for. Congratulations - you have now made a complete ascent of Horgi!

 

 

Season and availability

Can be booked daily from June 15 to October 15. 

During the busiest weeks of summer, we might not have available guides every day. Please don’t hesitate to send us an email if it looks like the trip is unavailable online. We’ll try to find a solution for you.

Reasons to go

This is a demanding and beautiful ascent, covering a wide variety of terrain types. We follow lovely creeks and rivers, grazing grounds and open pine forests. The nature has a more pristine character on this side of Lønahorgi. 

Learn about local farming and cultural traditions as we pass several mountain farms, including Staup. Enjoy the view of the wild, sheer cliffs of Lønahorgi's east pillar, and the marvellous views of the nearby mountain plateaus and glaciers. 

Physical requirements

This trip starts off easily on good paths, but gets more rugged and demanding above the treeline. 

This trip is suitable for healthy, fit people with some hiking experience from mountain terrain. 

Necessary equipment

On this hike you will need the following equipment:

  • Sturdy hiking shoes or hiking boots.

  • Waterproof clothing (shell layer).

  • Small rucksack (20 litres).

  • An extra t-shirt and an extra sweater.

  • Beanie or knit cap.

  • Sunglasses and sun lotion

  • Some snacks or packed lunch and a water bottle.

  • Trekking poles are recommended.

Meeting point and practical details

​Meet at our guide's office on the first floor of Tre Brør Café near the town square at 10 a.m.

This trip corresponds well with the train departing Bergen at 8.39 a.m, arriving Voss at 9.53 a.m.

We catch a bus departing Voss City Hall at 10.10 a.m. The bus ride takes around 15 minutes. If you'd rather use your private car to get to the meeting point, feel free to make arrangements directly with your guide.  

We’ll be back at Voss around 7 p.m.

Prices and terms

The price is NOK 1490 per person. To book this trip, please select the below button  "Book Lønahorgi ascent now".

 

Group sizes: 1-10 participants. Groups of more than five earn a 20 % group discount.

Included in the price:

  • An experienced, multilingual guide during your trip.

  • A light meal of locally crafted food, including hot drinks – prepared on a stove.

  • All necessary safety equipment.

  • Access to extra clothing and trekking poles free of charge.

  • Transportation by public bus service to the starting point and back.

 

Not included in the price: 

Transportation to of from Voss.  

By booking this trip, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed upon our Terms of service and our Risk and liability statement.

A note on responsible travel and sustainability

Wild Voss make a continuous effort in reducing the ecological impact of our trips and activities. We aim to follow the latest GSTC criteria for sustainable travel. As a participant on one of our trips, you should know the following:

  • We follow the Leave No Trace principles.

  • We make use of zero-emission infrastructure whenever possible. 

  • Our trips are on foot, skis or snowshoes, causing no emissions and limiting the impact on nature and eco systems.

  • Our guide will share knowledge about local culture, sites we visit and local customs.

  • We support responsible local businesses.

  • Your guide will advocate low-impact travel and raise the participants’ awareness of local wildlife.

  • We abide by laws and regulations concerning travel in free nature and cultural landscape.

  • We seek to minimize waste, and choose products and packaging with long life spans.

Trip details

Estimated total distance: 15-17 km, depending on our ambition level.

Estimated total duration: 8 hours, excluding bus transport. 

Total ascent: 1400 metres. 

Trip grading: Demanding. Rugged terrain above the treeline. Risk of inclement weather.

Family friendly: No. Lower age limit: 12 years old.

Accessible by public transportation: Yes.  

How do I get there with a private car?

From Voss, follow E16 north towards Løno, around 9 km. At the Smalahovetunet exit (signs), exit left and follow the steep, gravel road up to the parking near Staup

 

Reservations, questions or inquiries

Please call Øystein on +47 93484041 or email us at post@wildvoss.no 

Photo credits

Svein Ulvund - http://www.vossnow.net/

 

C. Alpine ascent of the East pillar of Lønahorgi

This trip provides a superb, yet demanding climb to the top of Lønahorgi. We follow the steepest and most direct route to the top, by climbing the very distinct feature known as the East pillar of Lønahorgi. 

The trip starts by following the same approach as for trip alternative A - the cultural hike to Årdalen (details above). As soon as we enter the prominent, amphitheatre-shaped valley of Årdalen, we head towards the bottom of the pillar leading steeply towards the summit ridge of Lønahorgi. We cross a couple of rivers and some lush grazing areas, before the terrain steepens and we reach the base of the climb. We put on our harnesses, shoes and helmets, and prepare for the climb. After roping up, our guide will lead you safely up the 5 pitches (250 metres) or so of rock climbing. The route is relatively easy, by climbing standards, rated at around French grade 4c, Norwegian grade 4+. The climb follows crack systems, dihedrals and gullies close to the arête of the pillar, which means you're in a spectacular position most of the way up. 

After topping out, we can continue rope-less on the summit ridge. There is still around 400 meters of vertical gain towards the top of Lønahorgi, and we'll probably have to cover some patches of snow. From the top, we are allowed a good rest and an amazing 360-degree view of far-away mountains and glaciers. 

We return either by the curving ridge towards Svartahorgi (1037) to the north, or by the gravel road leading to Voss Resort and the new Gondola at Hanguren. Both of these options are about the same distance, but the gravel road is technically easier and faster. It is also possible to return by abseiling off the climbing route, by using bolted anchors. It's 5 abseils to the bottom of the climb, a splendid short-cut.

 

Congratulations to you after completing this climb - a uniqe trip in this region!

Season and availability

Can be booked daily from June 15 to October 1. 

During the busiest weeks of summer, we might not have available guides every day. Please don’t hesitate to send us an email if it looks like the trip is unavailable online. We’ll try to find a solution for you.

Reasons to go

You won't find any other climbing routes on any other peak in the Voss region. As such, this climb is quite unique. This route covers a wide variety of terrain types and challenges. The trip starts off easily, gradually increasing in difficulty. We pass lovely waterfalls, grazing grounds and open pine forests on the approach.

 

The climb follows an obvious and esthetic line on the East pillar. The climbing itself is never truly difficult, but offer a fine, safe and spectacular route towards the top of Lønahorgi.  

Physical requirements

This is a demanding trip in steep terrain. Combining a technically difficult hiking route and several pitches of rock climbing, this is a challenge only suitable for the fit and experienced hikers. 

Necessary equipment

On this hike you will need the following equipment:

  • Sturdy hiking shoes or hiking boots.

  • Waterproof clothing (shell layer).

  • Small rucksack (20 litres).

  • An extra t-shirt and an extra, warm sweater.

  • Beanie or knit cap.

  • Gloves or mittens

  • Sunglasses and sun lotion

  • Some snacks and a packed lunch and a water bottle.

  • Trekking poles are recommended.

  • Climbing harness, helmet, belay device, screw gate biners. Participants are asked to bring their own climbing shoes. The other climbing equipment can be rented without extra costs. 

Meeting point and practical details

​Meet at our guide's office on the first floor of Tre Brør Café near the town square at 8.30 a.m. We drive to the starting point of our hike by car.

We’ll be back at Voss around 7 p.m.

Prices and terms

The price is NOK 2500 + NOK 1500 per person. This trip is available on request. Please send us an email or call us for further details and for reservations.

 

Group sizes: 1-2 participants. 

Included in the price:

  • An experienced, multilingual guide during your trip.

  • All necessary safety equipment.

  • Access to extra clothing and trekking poles free of charge.

  • Rental of all necessary climbing equipment, except shoes. 

  • Transportation by car to the starting point and back.

 

Not included in the price: 

Transportation to of from Voss.  

By booking this trip, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed upon our Terms of service and our Risk and liability statement.

A note on responsible travel and sustainability

Wild Voss make a continuous effort in reducing the ecological impact of our trips and activities. We aim to follow the latest GSTC criteria for sustainable travel. As a participant on one of our trips, you should know the following:

  • We follow the Leave No Trace principles.

  • We make use of zero-emission infrastructure whenever possible. 

  • Our trips are on foot, skis or snowshoes, causing no emissions and limiting the impact on nature and eco systems.

  • Our guide will share knowledge about local culture, sites we visit and local customs.

  • We support responsible local businesses.

  • Your guide will advocate low-impact travel and raise the participants’ awareness of local wildlife.

  • We abide by laws and regulations concerning travel in free nature and cultural landscape.

  • We seek to minimize waste, and choose products and packaging with long life spans.

Trip details for the East pillar climb of Lønahorgi

Estimated total distance: 15-17 km, depending on our ambition level.

Estimated total duration: 8 hours, excluding bus transport. 

Total ascent: 1400 metres. 

Trip grading: Demanding. Rugged terrain above the treeline. Risk of inclement weather. Climbing up to French grade 4c/Norwegian grade 4+. 

Family friendly: No. Lower age limit: 15 years old.

Accessible by public transportation: Yes.  

How do I get there with a private car?

From Voss, follow E16 north towards Løno, around 9 km. At the Smalahovetunet exit (signs), exit left and follow the steep, gravel road up to the parking near Staup

 

Reservations, questions or inquiries

Please call Øystein on +47 93484041 or email us at post@wildvoss.no 

Photo credits

Svein Ulvund - http://www.vossnow.net/